COMMITTEES | Fashion Show



This task entails setting up the stage and sound systems for the fashion show. This includes providing what’s needed backstage for the models: mirrors, tables, etc.

Ideas and Inspiration:

Work with the Venue Chair to obtain the stage, lighting, and other necessary equipment.

If a full runway show is not an option you can still have models on a fixed platform.

Don’t make the models hold signs with the name of the designer’s/store’s outfit they’re wearing. This is cumbersome and feels like they’re a walking ad.

Stage Rental:

Should be at least 3 feet off the ground

Something to cover the sides (black drape or mirrors)

Backdrop with pipe and drape so that it feels like a stage. For a photos of staging, click here.

Staging Area:

Have plenty of room for make-up and hair artists as well as the models.

Private dressing area for the models with a door that closes or a person who can stand guard.

Carpeted area in case the models want to try on their shoes

Food and water for the models and dressers

Rolling racks for clothes plus a way to put the model’s name on their hangers of clothes

LOTS of mirrors

Seating to get hair and make-up done and to try on shoes

Tables for hair and make-up artists to spread out their things

Power/extension cords to plug in curling irons

Carpet, carpet, carpet:

The shoes are borrowed from the vendors so they want to be able to sell them again, meaning no scuffs.  Make sure the dressing room is near the runway. Carpet the path from the dressing room to the runway and the entire runway. Ask the models to put their shoes on right before they walk onto the runway.

Runway/Staging Guidelines:

Runway dimensions: 80’ L x 8’ W x 3’ H

Create a backdrop using pipe & drape or something to complete the runway

Runway MUST be carpeted to prevent shoes from getting scratched!

Runway shows need an elevated stage and runway otherwise guests can’t see the show.

Seating Set-Up:  Two Options:

1. Runway: rows of chairs to the left/right/and top of runway


2. Patron: place circular tables to the right and left of the runway with horizontal rows of chairs at the
         top of the runway.